Interview Question: Why You Want to Work Here?

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Why do you want the job you're interviewing for, and what do you have to offer the company? Interviewers almost always ask why you want to work at the organization or why you are applying to work at their particular company. It's one of the most frequently asked interview questions, and saying that the job sounds great or the company is wonderful isn't enough. 

When interviewing prospective employees, employers are eager to determine which candidates really want the job and will invest genuine effort in bettering the company, and who just wants a job, any job, regardless of what the position entails.

Though it seems like an easy interview question to answer, many employers will ask, "Why do you want to work here?" or "Why would you like to work at our company?" in order to gauge your level of interest and to see how much you have learned about the company.

The Best Way to Respond

The best way to answer this question is to be prepared and knowledgeable about the company. That way, your answer will show that you will fit in well with the company's culture and mission, and that the job itself is relevant to your skills and interests. 

Spend some time researching the company (the "About Us” section of the employer's website is a good place to start) so you can talk about the benefits of working for this particular employer. Check out the company's LinkedIn page, as well. If you have a connection at the company, ask him or her if you can get some insight into what the company is seeking in an ideal employee.

You might also look for the latest press releases and media coverage of the company, so you have a sense of the company’s future goals. You could even scan through the company’s Facebook page, Twitter account, Pinterest or Instagram accounts, or other social media page, in order to get a sense of what clients or product users think about the company.

The more specifics you can provide, the better. However, don't just talk about the benefits and perks of working there. What you should really try to emphasize is how the company's mission, values, and work align with your own goals.

Match Your Goals to the Company's Objectives

To prepare an answer, compare your goals with the objectives of the company and the position. Make a list of the company’s main objectives. Then, make a list of how your own goals align with those objectives. For example, if the company emphasizes community service, you might list this and note that it is an important value or goal for you.

When answering the question, focus on one or two goals of the company or positive qualities about the company. Then, emphasize how these goals or qualities align with your own goals or how your work experience would help the company achieve its goals.

In your answer, rather than focusing on how the company can help you ​emphasize how you can add value to that specific company. Even though the question is about why you want to work there, you still need to convince the interviewer that hiring you will benefit the company.

Sample Answers

Here are some sample answers you can use to frame your own response:

  • This company is internationally known for its healthcare products, and my experience in the marketing of healthcare products has me intrigued by the opportunity this position presents.
  • Your business is known for making a commitment to bettering the community. I would love the opportunity to use my 10 years of experience in advertising to better this community with you.
  • Not only are you a leader in the industry, with strong financials and a great business model, but I've also seen on your Facebook page and Twitter account that users of your product are hugely enthusiastic. In fact, I'm a product user myself and am eager to be a part of the product's development and distribution.
  • Your company's reputation is stellar. Former colleagues of mine work here, and I've seen how much they value the company's willingness to let employees pitch big ideas and have an active leadership role in new initiatives.
  • I know that your company is currently working to expand its international market. Having worked in international sales for the past five years, I know I can help this company achieve its goals.

Also be ready to answer related questions like "Why should we hire you?" and "What are your strengths?" The better prepared you are, the easier it will be to sell yourself to the hiring manager and secure a job offer.